Academic Programs Presents: SCymposium


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Congratulations to our 2021 SCymposium Award Recipients!


Presented by Academic Programs, the week-long SCymposium provides students with the opportunity to exhibit examples of their scholarly and creative work with the university community.*

This year, the SCymposium will be held from April 12 – 16, 2021. Each day is themed around a broad category of study:

  • Monday, April 12: Arts, Architecture & Humanities
  • Tuesday, April 13: Life Sciences
  • Wednesday, April 14: Physical Sciences, Mathematics & Engineering
  • Thursday, April 15: Social Sciences
  • Friday, April 16: Virtual Awards Ceremony

SCymposium Schedule of Events

Undergraduate students present works through virtual Poster Exhibits throughout the week. Registered participants can also engage in Research Roundtables on various research topics. These discussions are hosted and facilitated by faculty and/or graduate students from diverse disciplines.

The SCymposium culminates with a virtual Awards Ceremony. The ceremony celebrates all undergraduate participants and their faculty sponsors and honors the most outstanding projects. A panel of judges will review submissions and award First Prizes of $1000 and Second Prizes of $500 in the 5 major academic categories. Additional recognition may be given for Interdisciplinary or Digital Media submissions, plus awards from USC Schwarzenegger Institute and the American Physiological Society.


Event Highlights 

Poster Presentations: Interact with student presenters to learn more about their scholarly and creative works! Go to the Poster Gallery for a full list of undergraduate student works.

Research Roundtables: Join USC graduate/PhD students to learn more about their cutting-edge research. These roundtables are open to everyone, and will engage participants in conversations about research as it relates to current events.

  • Black Sounds Labs: Towards a Research Practice of Intimate Presence | Kumi James and Romi Morrison, USC Media Arts + Practice
  • “What’s the Diff?”: Examining news article updates and changing narratives during the USS Theodore Roosevelt coronavirus crisis |  Alex Spangher, Amber Lynn Scott, Ke Huang-Isherwood
  • Preserving Communication Integrity from DeepFake Videos for A Responsible AI | Kaitai Zheng, Jianfeng Wang, Hong-Shuo Chen

Awards Ceremony: Keynote speech from USC Provost Charles F. Zukowski

Dr. Charles F. Zukoski was appointed Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs on October 1, 2019. He holds the Shelly and Ofer Nemirovsky Provost’s Chair. As the university’s second-ranking administrator, he oversees the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Keck School of Medicine and 21 other professional schools and academic units, in addition to USC’s museums, and the divisions of student affairs, libraries, research, student religious life, and enrollment services.

Dr. Zukoski received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Princeton University and his bachelor’s degree from Reed College. Zukoski served as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University at Buffalo from 2012-2019.